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HER Number:MDV409
Name:Barrow on Langaford Moor, Ashwater


Easternmost of a group of four Prehistoric bowl barrows on Langaford Moor which survives as two conjoined mounds. An outlier of the barrow group is located in Cookworthy Moor Plantation to the north.


Grid Reference:SS 413 000
Map Sheet:SS40SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshwater
Ecclesiastical ParishASHWATER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 32786
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS40SW/6
  • Old SAM County Ref: 70D
  • Old SAM Ref: 28647.3
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS40SW3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumulus' shown on 19th century map as a circular feature on Langaford Moor.

Ministry of Works, 1923, Fourbarrow Head (Ashwater Parish). Group II (Schedule Document). SDV339654.

One of four round barrows on Fourbarrow Head on Langaford Moor which do not seem to have been opened. Barrow D is the eastern of a row of three barrows with an outlier to the north-west.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1978, SS40SW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339656.

Ploughed down bowl barrow in arable field, much spread, no trace of ditch. Diameter 20 metres by 0.7 metres high.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 109 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Visited 27th April 1969. Rushmoor. Diameter 20 paces, height 2 feet.

Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, 1979 - 1981, North Devon Barrow Survey, DCRA ND62 (Archive - Survey). SDV341310.

Visited on 2nd April 1979. Diameter 18.8 metres, height 0.63 metres. Irregular mound - sub-circular or oval. Flattened and spread, also damaged by tractors. Irregular edges. In pasture. Poor condition.

Allden, A., 1981, A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future (Report - non-specific). SDV339662.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1981, Four Bowl Barrows on Langaford Moor (Schedule Document). SDV339655.

Four bowl barrows on Langaford Moor. The monument includes four Bronze Age bowl barrows situated on Langaford Moor. The barrows occupy a high upland ridge and form part of a concentration of similar monuments in the area. The four barrows are aligned east to west along the line of th natural ridge. An outlier, subject to a separate scheduling is situated to the north. The easternmost barrows which lie within a single area of protection survive as two conjoined mounds. The larger of the two is oval in shape measuring 22 metres long east to west by 19 metres wide north to south and is 0.8 metres high. To the south-south-east is a second smaller circular mound with a diameter of 9 metres by up to 0.3 metres high. All four barrows are surrounded by a 2 metre wide buried ditch.

Weston, S., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV343247.

Visited in 1982.

Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location, Ashwater 4 (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 32786 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV344965.

Two conjoined Bronze Age bowl barrows. The larger mound is oval and 22 metres long east to west, 19 metres wide north to south and 0.8 metres high. To the south south east is the other mound which is 9 metres in diameter an 0.3 metres high. Originally recorded as one barrow.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

'Tumulus' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319515Undergraduate Dissertation: Bayer, O. J.. 1996. Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location. University of Leicester Dissertation. A4 Stapled + Digital. Ashwater 4.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339654Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1923. Fourbarrow Head (Ashwater Parish). Group II. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV339655Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1981. Four Bowl Barrows on Langaford Moor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled. [Mapped feature: #90931 ]
SDV339656Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1978. SS40SW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV339662Report - non-specific: Allden, A.. 1981. A Study of some Devon Barrows and their Diminishing Future. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Publication. 10. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV341310Archive - Survey: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. 1979 - 1981. North Devon Barrow Survey. Devon Barrow Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. DCRA ND62.
SDV343247Un-published: Weston, S.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344965National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 32786. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 109.

Associated Monuments

MDV405Related to: Barrow in Cookworthy Moor Plantation, Ashwater (Monument)
MDV410Related to: Barrow on Langaford Moor, Ashwater (Monument)
MDV411Related to: Barrow on Langaford Moor, Ashwater (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4415 - Devon Barrow Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2014 10:55AM